It's gonna be hot this week, Chicago. With a high of 100 degrees on Friday (insert gasping emoji here), we're prepared to retreat to a bar for a cold drink. This week, we've rounded up spots for free snacks, tastes of cocktails, $1 oysters and cheap wine for everyone who's trying to relax and cool down this week.
Monday–Friday: Here's one for the wine-obsessed. Head to the courtyard at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago for the champagne and wine patio at a 50% discount from 3–6pm. You'll be able to get glasses of Italian wines from $7 and enjoy the sunshine, all in one spot.
Monday–Thursday: Shanghai Terrace is pairing its new Half Acre beer collaboration, Red Door Saison, with spicy beef potstickers for $18 from 3–6pm. The beer is a light, summery beer with passionfruit and lime zest that pairs with a spice-heavy menu.
Thursday: At Staytion Market and Bar, you can learn about the artwork that hangs in the bar's lobby with the 'R' Story of Discovery from 5:30–7:30pm. Tours will start every half hour at the mixology station and include treats at four stations, including mini Chicago hot dogs, cocktails, cookies and punch.
Friday: For those who like to feel like they're giving back while they imbibe, head to Flagship in Lakeview. Every Friday from 6–9pm the bar sells drink package options from $25–$30 with well or call drinks and a few different food options. There's also a $5 raffle ticket for charity, where you can win concert tickets, sports tickets and gift cards. This week the charity is the Associate Board of Ambassadors American Cancer Society.